Lacrosse Canada Statement regarding the OLA Non-Sanctioned Policy
As the governing body of lacrosse in Canada, Lacrosse Canada is committed to fostering growth and development of lacrosse in our country. In response to the recent announcement from the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) on December 22, 2023, along with their revision shared December 29, 2023, regarding their Non-Sanctioned Lacrosse Policy, Lacrosse Canada Board of Directors has great concerns on the impact this has on our membership and the opportunities afforded to them.
Lacrosse Canada’s mission is to promote, develop and preserve the sport of lacrosse and its heritage as Canada’s national sport. Lacrosse Canada was not made aware of the OLA’s Non-Sanctioned Lacrosse Policy prior to its release and does not feel the policy or its revision is consistent in executing our mission.
We are in contact with OLA Executives to better align our vision to serve the best interests of athletes, coaches, officials, and members in general.
About Lacrosse Canada
Founded in 1867, Lacrosse Canada is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 11 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. Lacrosse Canada’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. Lacrosse Canada oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by World Lacrosse. Lacrosse Canada is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners - Nike, CoachThem, Gait, Cascade, Normatec, Zoll, Signature Lacrosse, and Baron Rings - as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation.
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